Early Adolescence: Sexual Issues
"Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts." - 2 Timothy 2:22 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Teach your teen respect for his or her body--that it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Teach the principle of restraint and reasons to avoid premarital sex.
Sex education will be given in all school systems, but not always from a Christian perspective. Anticipate questions concerning body parts and functions. Be prepared to discuss the consequences of AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancies. Give accurate information, but be aware that some adolescents are much more mature at 11-13 than others. Share information appropriate for your child's level of maturity. Above all, teach God's principles and morality as you share information.
Consider this …
Teach your child to "run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts." Talk to him or her about relationships and situations that can open the door to temptation.
It is generally recommended that early dating take place with two or more couples and to destinations where many people are present. Discourage single (one on one) dating, especially where the couple plans to be alone for extended periods.
Encourage moral purity. Teach the beauty of God's plan for sex within marriage.
Father, help me to teach my child your ways. Give her (or him) the desire, the wisdom, and the strength to flee from tempting relationships and situations and to pursue right living. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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